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February 10, 2014 - Karin Elton
I didn’t want to read the USA Weekend article about Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife, Robin’s relationship this weekend because for some reason I find them annoying.
I ended up reading the article backward, starting with the Match.com statistics at the end which I found interesting. Singles judge a person on “grammar, confidence and teeth,” it said. As an English major I’m glad that people care about grammar or lack thereof.
Throughout my kids’ childhoods I always corrected their grammar because I wanted them to be comfortable in a variety of situations. I’m still working on “I borrowed her $20.” “No, you loaned her $20.”
With the high divorce rate that we have today, I’m surprised that “89 percent believe you can stay married to the same person forever.”
Another interesting statistic is “74 percent of singles would date someone of a different ethnicity.” That means at least 74 percent of those answering the question are not prejudiced.
After reading the Match.com statistics, I read the love tips from Dr. Phil. He was blunt and practical as usual. “Decide what you really want. If you’re getting a good part of what you want, get happy. Let the rest go.” That’s good advice. Nothing is ever perfect (except my granddaughters).
I then skimmed the McGraw story about how he and his wife met and married. She is a smart cookie and told him that if he wasn’t interested in getting married that she was going to move on. After three weeks, he caved.
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